ABDOMINOPLASTY or ‘TUMMY TUCK’
…. bring back the slimmer, firmer and toned
‘tummy’ you had before!
Restoring a slimmer, firmer and more toned ‘tummy’ profile is now within reach!
A ‘Tummy Tuck’, also known as an Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that offers both men and women struggling with an excess of fatty tissue and/or loose skin around their abdomen, the opportunity to once again feel positive about their body shape.
Removing the excess fat and skin, along with a tightening of the abdominal wall muscles, will flatten your abdominal profile and deliver a slimmer, more youthful body shape that will look infinitely better from all angles in clothes and swimwear, and by doing so, boost your self-confidence.
Another bonus is that it can also remove some, if not all, of the stretch marks on your lower abdomen.
Types of ‘Tummy Tuck’
There are a number of different types of ‘Tummy Tuck’ that can achieve a slimmer, firmer and toned abdomen with a slimmer waistline.
Understandably, however, the one that is best for you can only be determined after a careful physical examination by our Surgeon at a consultation.
Our Surgeon’s recommended technique will basically depend on the amount and location of your excess skin and fat. In particular, the location of your excess fat is important because while ‘Tummy Tucks’ are effective in reducing fat that is located in front of the abdominal wall muscles, it cannot address the deeper fat that is located within the abdominal cavity.
‘Crescenteric’ Tuck is the simplest variety with the smallest scar. It is all that’s required when there is only loose skin with minimal or no underlying muscle laxity. An ovoid section of the loose skin is removed from the lower abdomen leaving a scar approximately 25-30cm (10-12 inches) long.
Mini-Tummy Tuck is a great alternative to a Full Tummy Tuck when the skin and muscle laxity is confined to the lower abdominal wall. The excess skin is removed, and the lower abdominal wall muscles tightened to produce a ‘flatter’ abdominal profile. It can also remove some, if not all, of the stretch marks on your lower abdomen.
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A Full Abdominoplasty is required when the excess of skin/fatty tissue extends above your navel and there is also a significant separation of the abdominal wall muscles.
The incision across the lower abdomen extends from hip to hip but is largely hidden under your ‘bikini line’. The excess skin with its underlying fat is then lifted off the abdominal wall muscles right up to the lower ribs, detaching the navel in the process. The stretched abdominal wall muscles are then sutured together from the ribs down in order to tighten them and create a flatter ‘tummy’ profile. Next, the excess abdominal skin (along with any stretch marks) is removed, and the skin edges are sutured together. During this final stage, the earlier detached navel is relocated into its new and correct position. Relocation of the navel does leave an additional small scar around the edge of the navel, but this is usually very inconspicuous
Watch Our ‘Full Tummy Tuck’ Animation Video
Reverse ‘Tummy Tuck’:
Reverse ‘Tummy Tuck’ is a procedure for patients who have excess skin and fat with muscle laxity only in the upper abdomen below the bra line. In this procedure, the skin and fat are essentially ‘moved up’ to tighten and flatten the upper abdominal profile.
Am I a good candidate?
There comes a time when you realise that dieting and exercise are not improving the appearance of your sagging and protruding abdomen.
If so, you could prove an ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck provided that:
- You have an excess of skin and fat on your abdomen, abdominal wall muscle weakness, or both.
- You are in good general health with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
- You do not smoke. Smoking impairs the healing process and increases the risk of serious complications during and after surgery. If you smoke, you must quit at least six weeks before surgery.
- Your weight is stable you are not grossly overweight.
- Your abdominal protrusion is NOT predominantly due to an excess of INTRA-ABDOMINAL FAT surrounding your internal organs. If it is, you would need to reduce this before considering a Tummy Tuck.
- You have finished having children. The muscles that are repaired during an Abdominoplasty could separate again with a future pregnancy.
- You do not have any internal or external scars from previous abdominal surgery that would affect your suitability.
Women who are looking to get back their pre-baby body shape after pregnancy may be interested in a Mummy Makeover. A Mummy Makeover involves any combination of procedures tailored to an individual’s requirements such as Abdominoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Liposuction and sometimes even a Labiaplasty.
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Liposuction and Tummy Tuck
Liposuction is often added to a Tummy Tuck procedure in the following circumstances:
- To enhance the final result of a Tummy Tuck by reducing any excess fat in the remaining abdominal wall.
- To boost the final overall result by removing excess fat from other body areas such as inner and outer thighs, hips and back in females and in men, the flanks (‘love handles’) and breasts.
Before and After Tummy Tucks
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Frequently Asked Questions
In a ‘Full Tummy Tuck’ the scar extends from hip to hip but as low as possible below your ‘bikini line’. In a ‘Mini Tummy Tuck’, the scar is much shorter. Initially all scars are pink and gradually become lighter and softer, for most patients ending up as flat white scars. However, if you have pigmented or lumpy scars from previous surgeries, you may form similar scars after a Tummy Tuck.
If indicated, Liposuction can be added to a Tummy Tuck to deliver an even flatter abdominal wall. Liposuction of other body areas can also be done at the same time if feasible.
When you wake from your surgery, you will find you have been fitted with a wide elastic garment called an ‘abdominal binder’. This needs to be worn for the next 6 weeks in order to minimise swelling, prevent the accumulation of blood and fluid under the skin and allow everything to heal in a smooth and normal manner.
Initially, you will find it difficult to walk without being a little ‘bent over’ due to the tight skin but this will gradually stretch over the next 1-2 weeks. In spite of this initial difficulty in walking, we encourage every patient to get up and walk around in the first 24 hours in order to avoid Leg Clots and Lung Clots.
If you are in sedentary type work, you will be able to return to work earlier than if your work is more physically demanding. Our Surgeon will advise you as to when you should be able to return to work once they have considered the exact type of work you do and the type of Tummy Tuck you’re having.
You must avoid lifting heavy objects during the first six weeks after surgery. All kinds of strenuous activities should be avoided in the early post-operative period.
Do not stretch your body backwards as it may cause undue stretching of the wound. Do not spend all day in bed. Aim to be up and about as much as you can comfortably manage and do some gentle walking every day.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.